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Mochi making 2009

New Years Day is coming – I’m resting up for two full days of cooking. A big part of my Japanese New Years party is mochi. Mochi is a traditional Japanese rice cake – it can be sweet – but on New Year’s it’s plain, eaten with kinako or soy sauce+sugar.

In the old days my family used to pound mochi by hand with mallets. THAT’s old skool. Me? I use the new electric plugged in machine with very minimal work on my part because I live in the future.

I recently went to thefoodlibrarian’s house where they used old school machines to make their mochi. They’ve been doing it for 50 years and they’ve got the process down – steaming the rice, extruding the mochi, cooling the mochi, forming the mochi, letting it sit in a bed of mochiko flour, and then finally packaging it. We made over 150 pounds of mochi. Unbelievable.

It was a lot of work but so worth it. There’s nothing as good as fresh mochi!

1 steaming sm

2 mochi machine sm

3 cooling

4 mochi sitting sm

5 kid mochi sm

6 ready sm

7 packed sm

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Mochi making 2009



13 Responses to “Mochi making 2009”

  1. Tash says:

    Okay…I have to ask though it embarasses me a little to do so….what is mochi? Is it sweet, is it savoury? I don’t understand!!

  2. Jen says:

    Wow….are you a foodie that has no idea what mochi is? I’m really surprised.

  3. Rosey says:

    Love this blog, and i love mochi.. But i cant ever make it. I’ve tried many recipes and i never get it right. I know it must be tough if you don’t have the right machine, but do you know of any recipe i can try??

  4. Vivian says:

    ooh I love mochi! Looks delicious! You mentioned using an electric machine to make yours – where can I find a machine like that?? Thanks!

  5. justJENN says:

    @Tash mochi can be sweet with a filling, on New Year’s it’s not – it’s just plain steamed rice formed into a cake.

    @Jen I have no idea what you’re talking about

    @Rosey Click on the “mochi” tag on the right, you’ll find a ton of different recipes, easy I promise.

    @Vivian I got my machine at a Japanese Market. I’ll post the pics after New Year’s…

  6. Wakegrace says:

    uh. the only mochi ive ever had is like a chewy marshmallow.

  7. dapotato says:

    oh…heavenly glutinous-y rice.

  8. katey says:

    sounds so tasty!!! great idea for traditional new years for my kids and fiance because they are asian :) ( from korea )


  9. LW says:

    Ohhhh, the mom of the kids we had a playdate with today was talking about how they went & made mochi at church the other day (pounded it!). And now your post! Makes me want toasted mochi w/ soysauce/sugar :)

  10. Beatrice says:

    I love getting little mochi bits on my frozen yogurt — or eating mochi with red bean paste — but it never occurred to me to make by own. I bet it’s even better fresh. Yum.

  11. Charles says:

    Hi Jenn,
    What is the name and the manufacturer of thefoodlibrarian’s mochi machine or extruder.


  12. justJENN says:

    I really don’t know. They were very old extruders – I don’t even think they were specifically for mochi…sorry!

  13. Very cool, will have to check this out at one point.

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